Stockholm university

Frida BeckmanProfessor

About me

I'm Professor of literature at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. I received my PhD from Uppsala University in 2009. Since then, I have worked as a researcher and teacher at that university, as a postdoc researcher at the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University, and as a researcher and later assistant- and associate professor at the Department of English at Stockholm University. I am employed at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics since January 2018. 

Apart from research and teaching, I also serve as director of literary research at the department and on the scholarship committee for the Faculty of the Humanities. I'm on the editorial board for the journal Symploke and part of the editorial collective for Modern Fiction Studies (MfS). More locally, I'm on the editoral boards for Stockholm English Studies and Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics, two book series with Stockholm University Press and for Anekdot: Det digitala bildningsmagasinet.



My main field of research is American literature and culture from the Second World War to the present. I’m also engaging with a broad spectrum of critical and cultural theory and with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Recurring topics throughout my research include questions of agency and subjectivity, culture and politics, spatiality and temporality.

I have recently finished a research project entitled “Paranoia and Post-Truth Politics: Negotiating Selves and Systems in U.S. Literature after 1950,” funded by The Swedish Research Council. Central publications from this project are the monograph The Paranoid Chronotope: Power, Identity Truth (2022) and the co-edited collections Paranoid Politics (2022) and Theory Conspiracy (2023).

My most recent publication is Postmodernismen - a popular science book in Swedish.


Selected publications


Postmodernismen. Stockholm: Fri Tanke, 2023.

The Paranoid Chronotope: Power, Truth, Identity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2022.

Gilles Deleuze. London: Reaktion Books, 2017.

Culture Control Critique: Allegories of Reading the Present. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016.

Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2013.

Reconfiguring Subjectivity: Experimental Narrative and Deleuzean Immanence. Doctoral Dissertation. Uppsala University, 2009. 


Edited books and journal issues

Theory Conspiracy. Co-edited with Jeffrey Di Leo. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2023.

"Paranoid Politics," Special issue of Symploke 29:1-2, 2022. Co-edited with Jeffrey Di Leo. 

New Directions in Philosophy and Literature. Co-edited with Ridvan Askin and David Rudrum. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019.

Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2018. 

Deleuze and Sex. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2011.

 “Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse. Part 2.” Special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 15.1, April 2010. Co-edited with Charlie Blake.

“Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse. Part 1.” Special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 14:3 December 2009. Co-edited with Charlie Blake.


Articles and book chapters:

"A Reparative Chronotope of Critique," Theory Conspiracy. Edited by Frida Beckman and Jeffrey Di Leo. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2023.

"A Governmentality Perspective on Polycentric Governing," Polycentrism: How Governing Works Today, Eds. Frank Gadinger and Jan Aart Scholte, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023. Open access here:   

"Control and the Novel: Dave Eggers and Disciplinary Form," Modern Fiction Studies, 60:3, 2020. 

“The Paranoid Style in Postcritique,” Symploke, 28:1-2, 2020.

“Postcritique and the Leakiness of Spheres,” Forum: Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?,” Symploke, 28:1-2, 2020. 

”Kris, Kritik, Teori: Postkritik och den nya offentligheten,” Norsk Litteraturvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, 23:2, 2020.

“Litteratur, makt och genus,” Litteraturvetenskap 1, reds. Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed, Andreas Hedberg och Johan Svedjedal, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2020.

“We’ve been Paranoid Too Long to Stop Now,” with Charlie Blake, New Directions in Philosophy and Literature. Co-edited with Ridvan Askin and David Rudrum. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019. 

“Cartographies of Ambivalence: Allegory and Cognitive Mapping in Don DeLillo’s Later Novels,” Textual Practice 32:8, 2018.

“Introduction: Control of What?” Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline, ed. Frida Beckman, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2018.

“Posthumanism and Narrativity: Beginning Again with Arendt, Derrida, and Deleuze,” Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life, Eds. Jami Weinstein and Claire Colebrook, New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

“J.G. Ballard’s Dark Ecologies: Unsettling Nature, Animals, and Literary Tropes,” Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human, Ed. Michael Lundblad, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2017.

“Hearing Voices: Schizoanalysis and the Voice as Image in the Cinema of David Lynch,” Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter of Lacan, Deleuze, and Žižek, Ed. Jan Jagodzinski, Palgrave, 2012.

“Freaks of Time: Revaluating Memory and Identity through Daniel Knauf’s Carnivále.” In Time in Television Narrative:  Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming, Ed. Melissa Ames. Mississippi: University of Mississippi Press, 2012.

“What is Sex? An Introduction to the Sexual Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.” Deleuze and Sex. Ed. Frida Beckman. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2011. 29

“Ambivalent Screens: Quentin Tarantino and the Power of Vision,” Film-Philosophy, 2015.

“Becoming Pawn: Alice, Arendt and the New in Narrative.” Journal of Narrative Theory, 44:1, 2014, pp. 1-28.

“Chronopolitics: Space, Time and Revolution in the Later Novels of J.G. Ballard,” Symploke 21.1-2, 2013, pp. 271-289.

From Irony to Narrative Crisis: Reconsidering the Femme Fatale in the Films of David Lynch.” Cinema Journal. 52:1, 2012, pp.25-44.

“Vad bilder kan och vill göra: Att se inskription som möjlighet i serieromanen,” Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur, 2:2011. 125-134 9 pages.

“The Theater of History: Carnivàle, Deleuze, and the Possibility of New Beginnings.” SubStance, 125, 40:2 (2011).

“Good Girl Art: Facing Images of Women in David Mack’s Kabuki.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 3:1 (2011). 15 pages.

“Tensions in Deleuzian Desire: Critical and Clinical Reflections on Female Masochism.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (Routledge). 15.1 (April 2010).

“Visions of Cruelty: Sexuality, Gender, and Inscriptions of Self.” (co-authored with Charlie Blake) Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (Routledge). 15.1 (April 2010). 18 pages.

“The Idiocy of the Event: Between Antonin Artaud, Kathy Acker and Gilles Deleuze.” Deleuze Studies 3:1 (Edinburgh UP) June 2009.